David Makhura on smear campaign

Gauteng Premier David Makhura. Image via: Gauteng Government Twitter

PPE corruption claims: Makhura threatens legal action to clear his name

In a statement, the premier’s office said, as a matter of principle, it was agreed upon that Makhura’s wife and children would not be doing any business with government.

David Makhura on smear campaign

Gauteng Premier David Makhura. Image via: Gauteng Government Twitter

Gauteng Premier David Makhura has vehemently denied claims he is linked to a personal protective equipment (PPE) corruption scandal and intends pursuing legal action to clear his name.

Social media posts alleging that Makhura’s wife and an alleged girlfriend were awarded lucrative contracts, have been doing the rounds, prompting Makhura to respond.

Makhura: ‘Allegations will not pass scrutiny’

In a statement on Monday, 10 August 2020, the premier’s office denied the allegations and said Makhura’s family has never done business with government.

“As a matter of principle, neither the Premier’s wife nor children do business with government, and this is a matter agreed upon when Premier Makhura joined government. The allegations are false and will not pass scrutiny”

The premier further described as unfounded and false, claims that he was in an extramarital affair with a woman who had once worked with the Gauteng Health Department.

“Much like the earlier fake news about the Premier’s relationship with a certain Hamilton Ndlovu, these lies will never pass the test of scrutiny by any investigation. Again, these allegations are false and those who made them do not feel any obligation to (prove)”, Makhura’s office continued.

PPE corruption claims part of a ‘smear campaign’

The premier said he is the victim of a smear campaign, which has the sole purpose of turning away attention from PPE corruption, but he also added that they will not be deterred in unearthing the extent of rot.

“We will not be deterred in our fight against corruption. All those found guilty of any wrongdoing will face the full might of the law. All the crooks must face a jail term as a true reflection of our seriousness about fighting corruption”, Makhura said.

“Over the past few months, numerous false accusations have been made in my name. I refute all such claims and urge those who continue to spread fake news in an attempt to not only tarnish the names of innocent people, but to mislead society and cause unnecessary panic, to desist from doing so”, he said.

The latest allegations come just a week after Makhura condemned corruption claims which have rocked his office and vowed to take a firm stance and hold responsible for the looting, to account.

The premier placed Health MEC Bandile Masuku on leave, pending an investigation into a PPE tender which he is linked to.